September 2017

weekend free-for-all — September 30 – October 1, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: Sourdough, by Robin Sloan. This is by the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which is also excellent. This one has a very […]

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open thread – September 29-30, 2017

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted […]

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my coworker bragged about getting someone fired for harassing her

A reader writes: My coworker and close friend was fired this week for sexual harassment. He thought a female coworker of ours was “into him” and he dropped a lot of sexual innuendo into the conversation with her. It was obviously unwanted and made everyone, including me, uncomfortable, and I tried to warn him privately […]

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spectacular resignation stories: share in the comments

Usually quitting a job is relatively mundane — you might be nervous about it, but it generally won’t involve yelling, profanity, or other fireworks. But occasionally a resignation is truly spectacular. For example, there was the flight attendant who, “upset with an uncooperative passenger on a just-landed flight … unleashed a profanity-laden tirade on the public […]

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how to get a new fall work wardrobe without spending a ton

And now a word from a sponsor… Maybe it’s because back-to-school shopping instills it in us as kids, but I always have the urge to buy new clothes in the fall. It could also be because fall and winter clothes are so much better than summer clothes … Scarves! Thick tights! Boots! If you’re thinking […]

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my manager accused me of making up numbers

A reader writes: Long story short, my manager has accused me of making up numbers twice. The first time, I knew I had not made up a number but I had always been told not to be defensive about feedback so I said, “I’m sorry, it must have been a calculation error.” The second time, […]

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how to deal with a hostile interviewer

A reader writes: I recently had a terrible experience with a phone interview. The interviewer began with a tone of voice that was irritated and sarcatic, which escalated over the course of 30 minutes into openly aggressive and loud, bordering on bullying and browbeating. I tried my best to keep calm and politely answer everything […]

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